Around 30% of all accidents involve drivers driving for work; this increases to more than 50% if you count people driving to and from work.
Tailgating is the second most common cause of accidents in New Zealand
A study by the Department of Labour found that on average one in four work vehicles was involved in some kind of accident each year and that the hidden cost of a vehicle accident was $121,286 (find out why here.)
Vehicle-related fatalities make up about a third of all fatal workplace injuries in New Zealand
There are around 600,000 commercial vehicles in New Zealand (heavy vehicles, vans and buses), plus 15% of cars are used for work – that means a lot of drivers are on the road every day driving for work.
The average driver who drives for work does three times as many kilometres per year as a driver that doesn’t drive for work (30,000 vs 10,000).
In the UK around 27% of all trips are driving as part of work, and 26% is driving to and from work.
Around half of all vehicles sold new in New Zealand start their life on a commercial fleet. Many get sold into private ownership later, therefore the safer the commercial fleet, the safer the private fleet becomes.
In 2008, the Insurance Council of New Zealand reported that companies claimed over $400,000,000 for commercial vehicle crashes.
Reducing your chance of becoming a statistic
Use DT Driver Training to educate your drivers about safe driving. The training materials are accessible, informative and broken down into convenient modules which can be taken when convenient and repeated as many times as is necessary.
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